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Astronomy, M.Sc.

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University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
The University of Maryland at College Park offers a Ph.D. in Astronomy. It is common that students will get an M.S. degree in the course of their Ph.D. studies, but only applications for the Ph.D. program will be accepted. An overview of the admission and course requirements for this program is outlined below.

About

The Department of Astronomy offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. A full schedule of courses covering most fields of astronomy is offered. Some areas in which the faculty focus their research efforts are comets, interplanetary dust, planetary dynamics, extrasolar planets, star and planet formation, mm wavelength astronomy, the interstellar medium, black holes, active galaxies, time-domain astronomy, galaxy formation and evolution, plasma astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, theoretical and computational astrophysics, and cosmology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Radiative Processes
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Astronomical Instrumentation and Techniques
  • Computational Astrophysics
  • Galaxies
  • Cosmology
  • Planetary Science
  • Interstellar Medium and Gas Dynamics
  • High Energy Astrophysics
  • Special Topics in Modern Astronomy
  • Research Project I
  • Introduction to Research
  • Special Problems in Advanced Astronomy
  • Selected Topics in Modern Astronomy
  • Master's Thesis Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Graduate application 
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Additional supporting documents (writing samples, CV/resume)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) 

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            1474 USD/credit
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            683 USD/credit
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          Living costs for College Park

          • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
            Living Costs

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